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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
 
2. The Song of the Old Mother
 
By William Butler Yeats
 
 
I RISE in the dawn, and I kneel and blow
Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow;
And then I must scrub and bake and sweep
Till stars are beginning to blink and peep;
And the young lie long and dream in their bed        5
Of the matching of ribbons for bosom and head,
And their day goes over in idleness,
And they sigh if the wind but lift a tress:
While I must work because I am old,
And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.        10
 

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